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Florida substitute teacher quits after yelling racial slur at school, officials say

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A substitute teacher in Florida has quit after students said she shouted a racial slur in the classroom.

The 59-year-old white woman continued to use the insult after going to the principal’s office at the Lealman Innovation Academy on Wednesday, Pinellas County school officials told the Tampa Bay Times.

Principal Connisheia Garcia is black, as are about 75% of students at the St. Petersburg school, which focuses on personalized learning for students in grades six through 12.

District spokeswoman Isabel Mascareñas said the principal reported the substitute human resources teacher and she was put on a not-to-use list.

Lealman Innovation Academy.Pinellas County Schools

“They were planning a time to review,” the complaint, she told the newspaper. “Before they could fix a date, she quit.”

The woman had worked at several schools without incident after being hired on July 1, Mascareñas said.


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